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Why Your Hearing Aids Aren’t Working

 In Hearing Aid Maintenance, Hearing Aids, Hearing Loss

It seems like a daily occurrence that patients visit Arizona Hearing Center with hearing aids that don’t work. Often these patients are visiting from out of town, haven’t been in for their appointments or have purchased their devices online.

The fact is, there are many reasons why a hearing aid may not work. Here are the top 3 reasons:

1.) They are too dirty

Hearing aids are delicate pieces of equipment. To work properly, they must be maintained. Microphones must be clean or they will not collect sound. Receivers and tubes must be free of earwax or they will not produce sound. Many times hearing aids’ performance is markedly improved after they undergo a professional cleaning.

2.) They have a mechanical malfunction

Hearing aids are basically tiny computers that live in one of the harshest environments – inside your ears. The electronics inside of your hearing aids are exposed to constant moisture, ear wax, dirt and dust. Eventually, some components will fail. A well-trained professional can replace these components and return the device to normal.

3.) They were not programmed properly

This is the most common reason why hearing aids don’t work. If they are not programmed appropriately, there is a chance that the level of sound that they generate will not be audible to you. Consumer Reports found 60 to 70 percent of people who are dissatisfied with their hearing aids due to incorrect programming. If your device is free of dirt or debris and all of the mechanical components are working properly but you are still dissatisfied with your hearing, then your hearing aids may not be programmed properly.

Having them reprogrammed and having your hearing loss prescription verified can work miracles.

Still not sure why your hearing aids aren’t working? Check out these four questions to ask yourself if your hearing aids aren’t working.

If you think any of these problems affect your hearing aids, please direct your questions and concerns to Arizona Hearing Center and schedule an appointment to get your hearing evaluated.Contact us by phone at 602.313.1243 or by email at [email protected]

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